Some unique ideas for wood patio covers include scrap wood awnings, painted wooden covers, trellis roofs, open pergolas and solid wooden roofs. Most solid patio covers are constructed of aluminum, although wood can be used.
A homeowner can embellish a solid wood patio cover by adding fabric awning to the sides. The cover itself can be wired and fitted with a fan to encourage airflow, making a suitable location for outside dining and entertaining. Shingles can be attached to the roof so that it matches the house. Another solid wooden roof idea is an Oriental-style roof with wooden pillars and a chandelier.
Open patio cover ideas can include wooden slats and trellises that add airflow, but offer less protection from the elements. Placing long pieces of scrap wood across the wooden beams gives a rustic, earth-friendly appearance and allows only dappled light to find its way through the slats. Instead of adding wooden slats, an individual can top the porch with painted wooden beams for a splash of color. Adding wooden trellises on top of a patio allows some sunlight while providing a place for vines and flowers to grow. Wooden patio covers can be paired with long strips of material to provide both light and shade.